Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life

2013-07-20 10:00 - 2018-07-20 18:00

Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life

When: 20 Jul 2013 - 20 Jul 2018
Where: Thematic Gallery 6, Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Film still from The Way of The Dragon, 1972, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Film still from The Way of The Dragon, 1972, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

武·艺·人生-李小龙
李小龙展览七月中起于香港文化博物馆展出

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Jointly organised by the Bruce Lee Foundation and Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Sponsored by Fortune Star Media Limited

Film still from The Kid, 1950, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Film still from The Kid, 1950, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

The legend of Bruce Lee's life is intertwined with his confidence and charisma as well as a personal background that married East and West.

Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up in Hong Kong, where he enjoyed street fighting as a youngster; he was also a free-spirited child actor. At the age of 18, he went back to the US to pursue his studies, a journey that broadened the horizons of both his life and his mind. With a passion to delve deep into the world of martial arts, this young man established his own kung fu training institute in the US. Merging philosophy into martial arts, he founded his own system, Jeet Kune Do, and became the pre-eminent kung fu grandmaster of his time.

Film poster from The Big Boss, 1971, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Film poster from The Big Boss, 1971, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

A charismatic actor, he also found fame in both the show business and martial arts community through his role as "Kato" in the US TV series The Green Hornet. Returning to Hong Kong in the early 1970s, he starred in a number of classic kung fu movies, including The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon. His dynamism as a film star and his achievements in the field of martial arts took the world by storm and made him an international icon.

Film still from Game of Death, 1978, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Film still from Game of Death, 1978, Collection of the Hong Kong Film Archive

Throughout his life, Bruce Lee had close ties with the movies. He used the movies as a means to convey his philosophical thoughts about martial arts, and his life itself was as fascinating as a movie plot. The title - "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu Art Life" - fully reflects the three major elements of the exhibition, as well as the achievements and influences in his life and his philosophy about kung fu and the art of film. It is for this reason that the Hong Kong Heritage Museum invited Silver Cheung, a film art director, to be the exhibition's art director and to incorporate film elements and concepts into the exhibition design.

Having received tremendous support from local and overseas collectors and various institutions, the exhibition has gathered more than 600 precious relics and memorabilia items related to Bruce Lee on loan for display. They include more than 400 relics from the Bruce Lee Foundation, the largest number of artefacts that the Foundation has ever lent out. In addition, the Hong Kong Film Archive under the LCSD has provided more than 100 items selected from its collection for display in the exhibition. Through these collections, the exhibition is able to review the life story of the legendary Bruce Lee, from the perspectives of his profile, his movies, his martial arts and his development as a cultural phenomenon.

Bruce Lee's Styling of TV series The Green Hornet, 1966

Bruce Lee's Styling of TV series The Green Hornet, 1966

Occupying a total area of 850 square metres, the exhibition gallery is house several sets of reconstructions, which have been created with ideas inspired by prominent scenes in Lee's five classic kung fu movies as well as his gym and his study. The exhibits, placed suitably in the reconstructed scenes, enhance visitors' experiences in viewing the exhibition. The exhibition also includes a collector series in which the theme is changed regularly to show the precious collections of different collectors with an aim of introducing the cultural significance and the influence of Bruce Lee through the collectors' eyes. The first exhibition in the collector series feature more than 100 products related to the TV series "The Green Hornet", provided by internationally acclaimed US collector Perry Lee. Through this collection, visitors are able to learn more about the first image of Bruce Lee branded by a US enterprise.

 

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10:00-19:00 (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays), 10:00-17:00 (Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve)
Tickets: $10
Tel: 852-21808188
Add: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

 

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